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The Daily Bugle Weekly Highlights: Week 5 (1 – 5 Feb 2021)

Every Monday we post the highlights out of last week’s FCC Export/Import Daily Update (“The Daily Bugle”). Send out every business day to approximately 8,500 readers of changes to defense and high-tech trade laws and regulations, The Daily Bugle is a free daily newsletter from Full Circle Compliance, edited by James E. Bartlett III and Elina Tsapouri.

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Last week’s highlights of The Daily Bugle included in this edition are:

  1. CBP Reminder: 2021 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and Fee Due by 28 Feb; Monday, 1 Feb 2021; Item #5
  2. UK DIT: “UK Applies to Join Huge Pacific Free Trade Area CPTPP”; Monday, 1 Feb 2021; Item #9
  3. State: Department of State 2021 Civil Monetary Penalties Inflationary Adjustment; Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021; Item #2
  4. DoD/DCSA: “Release of NISPOM 32 CFR Part 117 Cross Reference Tool”; Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021; Item #5
  5. EU Commission Publishes 2020 Annual Report to the EP and the Council on the Implementation of the Dual-use Regulation; Friday, 5 Feb 2021; Item #6

 

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CBP Reminder: 2021 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and Fee Due by 28 Feb

(Source: CBP)

 

The U.S. Licensed Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee is due by 28 February 2021.

Online, automated Triennial Status report and fee payment

All licensed customs brokers must visit e.cbp.dhs.gov to submit their required TSR.  Login using authentication from Login.gov and navigate through the self-paced questions to fulfill the TSR requirement.  As the user navigates through the few short screens to complete the filing process, when required they will be prompted to upload employee lists, identify the brokerage company they work for and if that company will pay the fee on their behalf.  Brokerage firms may pay the fees for all their license holder employees at one time.  Failure to submit the TSR will result in a lapsed license.  

For more information see FAQs and TRS system Quick Reference Guides at https://www.cbp.gov/trade/ecbp.  

Save Time – Submit Online at e.cbp.dhs.gov

 

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UK DIT: “UK Applies to Join Huge Pacific Free Trade Area CPTPP”

(Source: UK Departement for International Trade, 30 Jan 2021)

 

The UK is formally applying to join one of the world’s largest free-trade areas, deepening trade ties with some of the fastest-growing markets in the world.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will speak to ministers in Japan and New Zealand on Monday morning (1 February 2021) to request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), with formal negotiations set to start this year.

The announcement comes as the UK today celebrates one year since leaving the EU and becoming an independent trading nation. …

 

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State: Department of State 2021 Civil Monetary Penalties Inflationary Adjustment

(Source: 86 FR 7804) [Excerpts] 

 

* AGENCY: Department of State.

* ACTION: Final rule.

* SUMMARY: This final rule is issued to adjust the civil monetary penalties (CMP) for regulatory provisions maintained and enforced by the Department of State. The revised CMP adjusts the amount of civil monetary penalties assessed by the Department of State based on the December 2020 guidance from the Office of Management and Budget. The new amounts will apply only to those penalties assessed on or after the effective date of this rule, regardless of the date on which the underlying facts or violations occurred.

* OVERVIEW. Within the Department of State (title 22, Code of Federal Regulations), this rule affects four areas:

   (1) Part 35, which implements the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (PFCRA), codified at 31 U.S.C. 3801-3812;

   (2) Part 103, which implements the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998 (CWC Act);

   (3) Part 127, which implements the penalty provisions of sections 38(e), 39A(c), and 40(k) of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2778(e), 2779a(c), and 2780(k)); and

   (4) Part 138, which implements Section 319 of Public Law 101-121, codified at 31 U.S.C. 1352, prohibits recipients of Federal contracts, grants, and loans from using appropriated funds for lobbying the executive or legislative branches of the Federal Government in connection with a specific contract.

* DATES: This final rule is effective on February 2, 2021.

              . . . .

PART 127-VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

. . . .

In 127.10:

  1. In paragraph (a)(1)(i), remove “$1,183,736” and add in its place “$1,197,728”;
  2. In paragraph (a)(1)(ii), remove “$860,683” and add in its place “$870,856”; and
  3. In paragraph (a)(1)(iii), remove “$1,024,457” and add in its place “$1,036,566”.

. . . .

 

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DoD/DCSA: “Release of NISPOM 32 CFR Part 117 Cross Reference Tool” 

(Source: DoD/DCSA, 28 Jan 2021)

 

The Federal Register published the final rule titled “National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)” (32 CFR part 117) on December 21, 2020.  The NISPOM establishes requirements for the protection of classified information disclosed to or developed by contractors, licensees, grantees, or certificate holders to prevent unauthorized disclosure. 32 CFR part 117 (NISPOM Rule) will become effective February 24, 2021, and authorizes the contractor no more than 6 months to comply with changes from the effective date of the rule.  To assist in implementing the NISPOM Rule and help those not familiar with the rule’s structural format, DCSA is pleased to announce the release of the “32 CFR Part 117 NISPOM Rule Cross Reference Tool.”  This tool maps the current DoD 5220.22-M NISPOM format to the appropriate location within the NISPOM Rule. When used as a desktop reference, the tool will assist in cross referencing, searching, and facilitating the navigation of the 32CFR part 117, NISPOM Rule. The tool can be found on the Center for Development of Security Excellence website:

 

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EU Commission Publishes 2020 Annual Report to the EP and the Council on the Implementation of the Dual-use Regulation

(Source: European Commission, 3 Feb 2021) [Excerpts]

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

Article 23(3) of Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 (“the Regulation”) requires the Commission to submit an annual report to the European Parliament on “the activities, examinations and consultations of the Dual-Use Coordination Group (DUCG)”. Article 25(2) of Regulation (EC) 428/2009 further requires the Commission to present, every three years a “comprehensive implementation and impact assessment report” to the Council and Parliament. Article 25(3) stipulates that special sections of the report shall deal with the activities of the Dual-Use Coordination Group (DUCG), the introduction of a secure and encrypted system for the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission, as well as the implementation of Article 15(1) and (2) regarding updates to the control lists and Article 24 regarding national penalties in case of infringement to the Regulation. In light of this, the Commission started publishing annual export control reports in 2013 and recognised, in its 2014 Communication on “The review of export control policy”1, that the publication of reports and of non-sensitive control information, beyond the specific requirements of Articles 15, 23(3), 25(3) and 24, are critical steps to enhance transparency and improve operators’ compliance and their capacity to implement controls.

This report, prepared by the Commission with input from Member States2 in the DUCG, provides information on the implementation of the Regulation in 2019, and includes aggregated export control data for 2018.

 

  1. EVOLUTION OF THE POLICY & REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

2.1 Export control policy review

The legislative process for a modernisation of EU export controls, that started in 20163, advanced significantly in 2019 with the adoption by the Council of a mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament in June 2019, and the start of trilogue negotiations between the co-legislators in the autumn. Two trilogue negotiations were held by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission in October and November 2019.

The Commission conducted a series of targeted consultations and outreach to key industry and civil society stakeholders in the course of 2019. In particular, an Export Control Forum was organised on 13 December 2019, jointly with the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, to exchange views with industry and civil society stakeholders4.

2.2 Amendments to Regulation (EC) No 428/2009

2019 Update to the EU control list

The EU Control List in Annex I to the Regulation was amended once during the reporting period, in order to update the list of dual-use items subject to control. This amendment5 incorporated over 300 modifications agreed at the multilateral export control regimes in 2018 (mostly from amendments agreed at the 2018 Plenary of the Wassenaar Arrangement, many of them editorial). Annexes II and IV of the Regulation were also updated in line with the amendments to Annex I.

The 2019 EU control list in particular introduced new controls on certain discrete microwave transistors (3A001b3f), signal generators with specified ‘Radio Frequency modulation bandwidths’ (3A002d5), software designed to restore operation of microcomputers/ microprocessors after Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) or Electrostatic Discharge Disruption (ESD) (3D005), for masks and reticles designed for optical sensors (6B002), and for air- launch platforms for space launch vehicles (9A004g). On the other hand, it removes control on technology for diffusion bonding for gas turbine engine components (9E003a7) and introduces new decontrol notes for ‘open-cell foam’ electromagnetic wave absorbing materials (1C001) as well as for “Information security” items specially designed for a ‘connected civil industry application’ (5A002). The 2019 EU control list also incorporates changes to the controls on gear machine tools (2B003), Digital-to-Analogue Converter (3A001a5b) and multi-layer mask control (3B001h) as well as for hydrophones operating over 1000m (6A001a2a6), underwater submersible vehicles (8A001c) and for detonation engines (9A111).

A “Comprehensive Change Note” was published as guidance providing an overview of all technical changes to the 2019 EU Dual-Use Control List6. The updated and consolidated EU Control List became applicable on 31 December 2019, thereby allowing the EU to comply with its international commitments with regard to export controls, and supporting the competitiveness of EU exporters where control parameters were adjusted to technological developments.

Brexit contingency plans

The Council and the European Parliament adopted, on 25 March 2019, Regulation (EU) 2019/496 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 by granting a Union general export authorisation for the export of certain dual-use items from the Union to the United Kingdom7. This amendment formed part of a package of measures under a “no deal contingency plan” for certain sectors to mitigate risks of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. It has, however, become without object as a result of the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement.

2.3 National implemention and enforcement measures

Implementation measures

The Regulation is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States, but provides that Member States take certain measures for the implementation of specific provisions, and that information on those measures should be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. An Information Note of 20168 provides an overview of measures taken by Member States including, inter alia, the extension of brokering and transit controls, the extension of controls to non-listed items for reasons of public security and human rights considerations, the introduction of national general export authorisations, the application of intra-EU transfer controls for non-listed items, as well as information relating to competent authorities.

New measures were reported by Member States in 2019: France introduced a national general license for the export of dual-use goods for the repair of civil aircraft, while the United Kingdom updated seven open general export licences and one open general transshipment licence to reflect changes to the EU dual-use export control list. In addition, the United Kingdom published on 24 September 2019 guidance on export controls: dual-use items, software and technology, goods for torture and radioactive sources.

Enforcement measures

Article 24 of the Regulation stipulates that “Each Member State shall take appropriate measures to ensure proper enforcement of all the provisions of this Regulation. In particular, it shall lay down the penalties applicable to infringements of the provisions of this Regulation or of those adopted for its implementation. Those penalties must be effective, proportionate and dissuasive”. Article 25(3)(e) requires that the Commission’s report includes a special section dealing with “the measures taken by the Member States pursuant to Article 24 and notified to the Commission under paragraph 1 of this Article”. A list of national enforcement measures was published together with the 2019 Annual Export Control Report9 and remains valid.

 

  1. ACTIVITIES OF THE DUAL-USE COORDINATION GROUP

Article 23(3) of the Regulation requires that the “Commission shall submit an annual report to the European Parliament on the activities, examinations and consultations of the Dual-Use Coordination Group (DUCG)” that brings together experts from the Commission and Member States to examine any issue concerning the application of export controls with a view to practically improving their consistency and effectiveness throughout the EU. Furthermore, Article 25(3)(a) adds that “special sections of the report shall deal with the Dual-Use Coordination Group and its activities”.

The DUCG held seven meetings during the reporting period, confirming its function as a forum for consultations on a number of topical issues described herein.

3.1 Consultations on implementation issues – general information exchange

The DUCG conducted general information exchanges on export control issues, including in support of the modernisation of EU export controls. The DUCG conducted an information exchange on penalties and sanctions in 2019, and, as a result, published an “Overview of national enforcement measures” as an annex to the 2019 Annual Export Control Report.

The DUCG exchanged information regarding national implementing measures and advanced preparations for updating the relevant Information Note in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The DUCG reviewed the methodology and approach for data exchange, and conducted a licensing data collection exercise on 2018 data in order to enhance information exchange between Member States – especially regarding the collection of data under global and general export authoritisations – and to increase public transparency on EU dual-use export controls (EU 2018 aggregated data was used in the preparation of this annual report).

In consideration of the debate regarding the control of cyber-surveillance items, the DUCG conducted an exchange of information on the application of controls on cyber-surveillance technologies in 2018. The “Surveillance Technology Expert Group” (“STEG”) continued to provide a forum for ad hoc information exchange but did not hold any meeting in 2019. The data collected from Member States shows a decrease in the number of licences (131 licences in 2018 as shown on the table below). In the same period, 27 denials were issued for cyber- surveillance items10.

3.2 Technical exchange of information – implementation issues

-Support to the preparation of updates to the EU control list

The DUCG was consulted on the revised EU Control List mentioned above. National experts, as well as observers from the European Parliament, attended a special session of the DUCG on 16 May 2019 and gave presentations highlighting the most important changes to the EU Control List.

-Technical information exchange on specific implementation issues

The DUCG discussed a number of specific implementation issues in light of reports from competent authorities e.g. regarding consignee and end user data on export licenses and customs declarations, the information exchange under EU General Export Authorisations (EUGEAs), approaches to the identification of sanctioned persons involved in controlled exports, and the identification of third parties – consignees and intermediaries – on the standard licence form.

3.3 EU Guidelines on Dual-Use Export Controls

The DUCG set up a “Technical Expert Group on the development of compliance guidelines for academia” (“TEG-DUR”). The TEG-DUR held two meetings – on 13 June and 16 October 2019 – and presented the progress of its work to stakeholders at the Export Control Forum on 13 December 2019.

3.4 Electronic exchange of information between competent authorities

Article 25(3)(b) requires the Commission to report on “the implementation of Article 19(4)” and “the stage reached in the set-up of the secure and encrypted system for the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission”. The Commission, supported by the DUCG, continued to develop the Dual-use e-System (DUeS), a secure and encrypted electronic system hosted by the Commission, to support the enhanced exchange of information between export control authorities and the Commission. In the course of 2019, the DUCG agreed on specific improvements to DUeS and developed functionalities supporting denials notifications under Article 13(5) of the Regulation and bilateral consultations between competent authorities under Article 11 and Article 13(5) of the Regulation. Other minor updates were made to the DUeS e.g. in December 2019, the list of items in the DUeS was updated to reflect the 2019 update of the EU control list under Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2199.

The DUCG also continued to support, through a dedicated Technical Expert Group, the development of an “electronic licensing platform” to be used by competent authorities on a voluntary basis. The TEG on e-licensing met twice – on 18 March and 14 October 2019 – and provided continued support to the “eLicensing pilot project”. At the end of 2019, the “Front Office prototype” and the “Back Office prototype” were ready for testing by competent authorities, while discussions have started under the “Certex” project regarding the integration of dual-use eLicensing systems with the customs’ Single Window initiative. The Belgian Walloon competent authority became the 5th authority to join the pilot project (together with the competent authorities of Italy, Latvia, Romania and Greece). The project was presented tostakeholders on the occasion of the Export Control Forum on 13 December 2019. E-licensing platforms are scheduled to become operational in those competent authorities in the course of 2020.

3.5 EU Dual-use Pool of Experts

In 2019, the EU Dual-use Pool of Experts operated by Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and experts made available by Member States continued to provide support to competent authorities requesting technical advice to support the assessment of specific licensing cases. In total, 9 technical advices on commodity classification were provided to 6 competent authorities over the reporting period.

3.6 Implementation and enforcement

The DUCG exchanged information on the implementation and enforcement of controls. According to available data, in 2019 the EU export control network – comprising staff in Member States’ licensing competent authorities and the Commission – consisted of over 450 staff. With respect to enforcement, 218 breaches of export control regulations were recorded in 2018, while 85 administrative penalties and 19 criminal penalties were applied by national law enforcement authorities.

3.7 Capacity building

In 2019, the DUCG supported the organisation by the Commission’s JRC in collaboration with the US Department of Energy of an event in Ispra (Italy) on 17-19 September 2019 combining the 12th JRC-NNSA11 technical seminar for licensing authorities and the 8th Commodity Identification Training Progress Review Meeting for customs including also a joint customs-licensing exercise.

The Commission’s JRC presented an “Export Control Handbook for Chemicals” that identifies correlation codes for chemicals (Export control classification number, Customs code, CAS12 chemical number and name) under various EU trade regulations.

3.8 Transparency and dialogue with industry and academia

The DUCG supported the organisation of an “Export Control Forum” on 13 December 2019 in Brussels with industry associations, dual-use companies, academia and civil society organisations to discuss the implementation of EU export controls and the legislative process for a modernisation of EU export controls. Altogether, the Commission and competent authorities organised or participated in over 205 industry outreach events in 2019.

The DUCG also prepared documentation to support exporters’ implementation of the regulations. In particular, a “Comprehensive Change Note Summarry 2019” summarises, for information purposes, the control text changes to the EU control list introduced under Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/219913.

 

4 EU EXPORT CONTROLS – KEY DATA

It is difficult to obtain reliable information on overall dual-use exports (including non-listed dual-use items) as there is no correspondingly defined economic sector. However, the Commission and Member States collect data that allow for approximate estimates of exports of dual-use goods based, on the one hand, on specific licensing data collected by competent authorities and, on the other hand, on statistics for customs commodities which include dual- use goods. 2018 export data estimates are presented below. It should be noted that the estimates presented hereafter do not include services and intangible technology transfers associated with the trade in dual-use goods.

4.1 EU dual-use trade: items and destinations

In 2019, the Regulation primarily applied to the export of about 1858 dual-use items listed in Annex I (the “EU Control List”) and classified in 10 categories (Figure 1). These dual-use items relate to circa 1000 customs commodities, including chemicals, metals and non-metallic mineral products, computers, electronic and optical products, electrical equipment, machinery, vehicles and transport equipment etc. and typically fall at the high-tech end of this large, mixed commodity area. …

Statistical estimates of the relative importance of dual-use trade indicate that dual-use exports represent about 3% of EU total exports (intra and extra-EU), within a broad ‘dual-use export domain’14 of customs commodities that may include, to varying degrees, certain dual-use items (Figure 2). …

Statistical estimates also show the main export destinations and indicate that a large part of the dual-use exports are directed towards countries listed on Union General Export Authorisations (EUGEAs). The destination countries reflect the EU export market structure in the relevant commodities as well as trade facilitation under EUGEAs (Figure 3 and 4)15. …

4.2. EU dual-use trade control: Applications, licences, denials

In light of Article 19(2) of the Regulation, which stipulates that “Member States shall take all appropriate measures to establish direct cooperation and exchange of information between competent authorities with a view to enhance the efficiency of the Community export control regime”, the DUCG has exchanged licensing data and information in order to improve the understanding of export controls and their economic effect. Some data collected for the reporting period is reported below; it should be noted however that not all Member States collect all data. The information provided below thus represents approximate estimates of aggregate quantities and values within the limits of the data made available by Member States.

The total value16 of applications reached EUR 50.7 billion and controlled dual-use exports thus represented 2.6% of total extra-EU exports. Authorised dual-use trade amounted to EUR 41.5 billion, representing 2.1% of total extra-EU exports, with a majority of transactions authorised under individual licenses (approx. 25349 single licenses issued in 2018) and global licenses (by their value). Only a small portion of exports were actually denied: 791 denials were issued in 2018, representing about 0.69% of the value of controlled dual-use exports in that year, and 0.02% of total extra-EU exports.

 

  1. CONCLUSIONS

The Commission invites the European Parliament and the Council to take note of this report in the context of the proper exercise by the Commission of the powers delegated by the Regulation.

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